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Introducing Qūfù

Of monumental significance to the Chinese is the walled town of Qūfù, birthplace of Confucius, with its traditional harmonies of carved stone, timber and imperial architecture. Inscribed everywhere in Qūfù is Confucius’ upbeat dictum: ‘’ (‘Is it not a joy to have friends come from afar?’) Taking the sage’s wisdom at face value, name-chop hawkers, pedicab drivers and map-sellers joyfully press their goods and services on out-of-towners and fending it all off can be draining.